According to a blockbuster new report by the New York Times, former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort may have turned polling data over to Russian businessman with ties to the Kremlin.
But now, Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano apparently thinks the entire 2016 Trump campaign team is guilty of conspiracy and/or collusion with the Russians.
First Crack in the Case
To this point, we have not seen one shred of evidence that the Trump campaign had done anything wrong.
Still, the Times report will definitely give the liberal media something to chew on.
It also happens to show some pretty shoddy legal work by Manafort’s attorneys.
According to Judge Napolitano, the turning over of the data constitutes a definitive connection between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
The question that has not been answered, though, is what Manafort expected to gain from this exchange.
It is also important to know if this was done to benefit the campaign or Manafort personally.
I Didn’t Know…
When asked about Manafort’s actions, President Trump claimed he had no knowledge of what Manafort was doing.
Moreover, Manafort has proven to be more than a bit shady when it comes to his business practices.
It is very likely that Manafort was using this data for personal gain in his own business ventures.
Napolitano’s claim of conspiracy and/or collusion is a bit premature, though.
If, in fact, Manafort’s rogue act was done for personal gains, it is still not proof of collusion with Russians to win the election.
Manafort was doing significant business with various Russians before, during, and after the campaign.
Knowing that, this was very likely something he was doing to up the fees he could charge business associates post-election.
With that, it seems Special Counsel Robert Mueller still has a lot of work to do in order to prove his case against the Trump campaign.
It’s not over yet.